Nancy Ajram joins International Women’s Day celebrations

Nancy Ajram posted a tweet praising women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. (Photo courtesy: Social media)
Updated 08 March 2018

Nancy Ajram joins International Women’s Day celebrations

JEDDAH: The celebrated Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram joined in the celebrations of International Women’s Day with a tweet for the occasion.
The singer, who has sold more than 2 million albums and is ranked among the top three best-selling Arab female artists, tweeted a picture praising “strong, compassionate, beautiful, unique, powerful and ambitious women.”
The 34-year-old singer’s fans joined her in celebrating the occasion, with many praising her success and beauty, according to media reports.
Twitter user @SaraAASaleh replied, saying: “Happy women’s day to the strongest, unique and most successful woman who brought happiness to my life and made me smile everyday and still.”
Another user, @braaa2000, said: “You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen ... I love you very much.”
The popular singer has released 11 studio albums (including two dedicated to children), two live albums, one compilation album, two reissues and 48 singles and has appeared in many music videos and commercials.
With her popularity across the Arab world, she also serves as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and is considered one of the most influential personalities in the Middle East.


Indian monkeys snatch coronavirus samples

Updated 29 May 2020

Indian monkeys snatch coronavirus samples

  • Indian authorities often have to grapple with primates snatching food and even mobile phones
  • India’s coronavirus death toll passed neighboring China’s on Friday,

NEW DELHI: Monkeys mobbed an Indian health worker and made off with coronavirus test blood samples, spreading fears that the stealing simians could spread the pandemic in the local area.
Indian authorities often have to grapple with primates snatching food and even mobile phones.
After making off with the three samples earlier this week in Meerut, near the capital New Delhi, the monkeys scampered up nearby trees and one then tried to chew its plunder.
The sample boxes were later recovered and had not been damaged, Meerut Medical college superintendent Dheeraj Raj said on Friday, after footage of the encounter went viral on social media.
“They were still intact and we don’t think there is any risk of contamination or spread,” Raj said.
He added that the three people whose samples were stolen were retested for the virus.
Coronavirus has been detected in animals, though there is no confirmation that the disease can then be passed on to humans.
India’s coronavirus death toll passed neighboring China’s on Friday, with 175 new fatalities in 24 hours taking the total to 4,706, according to official data.
India, home to some of the world’s most packed cities and a creaking health care system, is emerging as a new hotspot with record jumps in new cases in recent days.
In many rural areas, farmers lose crops to monkey populations and have demanded local governments’ intervention to check their populations.
City authorities in New Delhi have famously used long-tailed langur monkeys to fight and scare away smaller primates from around the Indian Parliament.